Who Won the Week? 11/15/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

A lot of Americans and people around the globe have been having difficulty coping with the election of Donald Trump in 2016. And so, Americans voted in record numbers for the 2020 election and they voted for change. Yet here we are, almost two weeks after the election, where Joe Biden received 5.5 million more votes than Trump and clearly won the Electoral College, and Donald Trump has yet to concede to Joe Biden or to even admit, unequivocally, that he lost the election. There is no doubt in my mind that the man is delusional.

This morning I read a letter to the editor in my local newspaper. To me it reinforces that the 47% of Americans who did vote for Trump are as delusional (and as misinformed) as he is. The writer of the letter wrote…

Almost one-half of all American voters voted for Donald Trump. They did so because they believe he created a great economy; reduced poverty; lowered minority unemployment to record levels; ended a flawed treaty with Iran (no nukes for only 10 years); withdrew from the Paris climate accord which failed to deal with the primary world polluter, China; is trying to get us out of Afghanistan; improved trade agreements with Mexico, Canada and China; is pro-life; sought to control our borders; appointed judges who aligned with their values; and will have a COVID-19 vaccine in record time.

Okay, I’m not about to go through this guy’s letter to the editor item by item in order to rebut most of his statements. Nor am I going to create a list of all of the unethical, immoral, and potentially illegal actions Trump has taken over the past four years or to rehash all of the lies he’s told. This would end up being a 10,000 word essay if I tried to do that.

What I am going to do is to is say that my hope is that at we transition to a Biden presidency, America’s wounds at the hands of Donald Trump and those who enabled him will begin to be healed and that Americans will focus on what unites us rather than on what divides us.

So my Who Won the Week winner this week is an aspirational one. It’s my hope for a paradigm shift back to honesty, decency, empathy, and compassion coming out of the Oval Office.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

In addition to my Who Won the Week post, I have incorporated the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt, where the assignment is to write about coping with the difficult situations we face in life. And I’ve also included Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (paradigm).

Oh Happy Day!

On Friday morning I sent a few screen recordings and screenshots to the WordPress Happiness Engineers about a bug that appeared in the WordPress app for iOS when it installed on my iPhone on November 3rd. My hope was when they actually saw the screen recording of what was happening on my iPhone, they would understand why I wasn’t a happy camper.

Unfortunately, the responses I had gotten previously from the Happiness Engineers suggested that the problem was either a user error (i.e., my fault) or a problem with my iPhone or browser. They explained that they couldn’t replicate the issues I was supposedly having.

Well, late yesterday I received a response from WordPress regarding these issues and I’m happy to say that things are looking up.

Here is what they wrote…

We’ve had another report of this also and have raised the issue with the app developers. They’ve been able to replicate the issue on their end and are looking into potential fixes. It’s related to the way that iPhone/iPad apps open links and how information is passed between the app and the web page. That said, our team is working on an update that will fix this recently introduced issue. We don’t have a timeframe, but once we’re able to find a solution to this, we’ll make sure it’s pushed to the app.

Well that’s exciting. Now that they have identified the cause of the issue, I hope they will soon be able to come up with a fix and will roll out an update to the app that will finally get it all resolved.

It’s also good to know that they no longer think it’s a user error!

Song Lyric Sunday — Beginnings

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adam’s has given us the theme words, “begin,” “end,” “finish,” and “start.” The first thing that popped into my head was the song “Only the Beginning” from Chicago.

“Only the Beginning” (sometimes referred to just as “Beginnings”) was written by Robert Lamm for the band Chicago and was recorded for its debut album Chicago Transit Authority, which was released in 1969. The song was the band’s second single (after “Questions 67 and 68”), but failed to chart on its initial release. It was re-released in June 1971, backed with “Colour My World.” Both sides became U.S. radio hits, and the combined single climbed to number seven on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Lamm said “Beginnings” was inspired by a performance by Richie Havens that he attended at the Ash Grove music club in Los Angeles when the group moved to that area.

The song is about when a new relationship begins. It oozes promise and possibilities and that feeling one gets just being with that person…that’s all that matters. The feelings are so intense that the singer is having a hard time putting them into words, and thus, remains mostly silent.

Here are the lyrics to “Only the Beginning.”

When I’m with you
It doesn’t matter where we are
Or what we’re doing
I’m with you, that’s all that matters

Time passes much too quickly
When we’re together laughing
I wish I could sing it to you, whoa oh
I wish I could sing it to you

Oh oh oh oh oh oh whoa oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh whoa oh oh oh
Mostly I’m silent, hmm

When I kiss you
I feel a thousand different feelings
A cover of chills
All over my body
And when I feel them
I quickly try to decide which one
I should try to put into words, whoa oh
Try to put into words

Oh oh oh oh oh oh whoa oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh whoa oh oh oh

Only the beginning
Only just the start
Oh oh oh oh oh oh whoa oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh whoa oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh whoa oh oh oh

FOWC with Fandango — Paradigm

FOWCWelcome to November 15, 2020 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “paradigm.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.